St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Peoria, Illinois began in 2005 under the guidance of Fr. Peter Gillquist, Mission Director of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, and Fr. Nicholas Dahdal, pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in Cicero, Illinois to spread the word of God’s truth through the teachings of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, with an invitation for all to become followers of the Orthodox Christian faith and members of St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Mission.
In June 2005, His Grace Bishop Mark ordained Fr. Habib Ghantous into the priesthood during the Parish Life Conference hosted by St. George Orthodox Church, Cicero, Illinois where he was serving as a Deacon.
On July 16, 2005, His Grace, Bishop Mark came to Peoria, IL to bless the newly renovated building where we currently hold our worship services.
St. Elias Mission is small in size but filled with some very committed, talented, and faithful people from the beginning to the present. We await the day that we can find a permanent structure that will have the space for Sunday school and a parish hall for fellowship.
St. Elias Mission holds various functions, such as Bible Study Potluck, New Years Ball and fund raising event as well as previously sponsored a parish picnic and Vacation Bible School.